Area Sports

Clark wins Grenada Invitational

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor Mississippi State senior golfer Cameron Clark of Pittsboro had five straight birdies Sunday and went on to win the 62nd Annual Grenada Invitational at the Grenada Golf and Racquet Club. Clark outdistanced Joseph Deraney, the current Mississippi Golf Association Player of the Year points leader. Deraney   shot 71 on the…

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Youth dominates KA softball

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor The youth of the 2020 Kirk Academy fast pitch softball team can be best seen by the number of players that are old enough to drive. It would be just four of them. Of the total roster of 19 players, the four oldest are Sophie Brister, Emma Kirk, Maggie Knight…

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Football season bumped two weeks

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor The Mississippi High School Activities Association Executive Committee ruled Tuesday that the 2020 football season will be delayed two weeks by the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes 1A, 5A and 6A will play 10 games while schools classified as 2A, 3A and 4A are set to play nine games. Postseason dates have…

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Kirk names McClure softball coach

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor Jack McClure had a standout baseball career at Oxford High School. Later, he went to Northwest Community College to finish his playing career. Last season, he joined Michael Bianco to coach the Kirk Academy baseball program. This season, he jumps over to the Raiderettes to lead the softball program. “I’m…

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MHSAA says no decision on sports

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor Members of the Grenada High School coaching staff weighed in on last week’s Mississippi High School Activities Association meeting concerning the status of sports for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. No plan was decided but members of the MHSAA Executive Committee discussed some options if the fall sports seasons can’t…

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Local teams practice around virus concerns

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor Preparation for the 2020 high school football season continues for both the Grenada Chargers and Kirk Raiders. Offseason work was postponed due the Coronavirus pandemic that canceled the final nine weeks of the school year. Missing important time has put teams behind trying to get ready for the start of…

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Kirk grad receives promotion

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor Living the dream. Any young coach, no matter the sport, sees himself as a head coach one day. Not many have the opportunity to lead a program in Mississippi’s highest class, Class 6A. For 2002 Kirk Academy graduate Mitchell Harville, his dream became reality recently. The son of Myra and…

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Kirk holds virtual athletic banquet

 By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor Kirk Academy honored its athletes with a virtual banquet held recently. Athletes and cheerleaders in fall sports were honored. There were no awards given for spring sports, which had seasons cancelled. Winners were recognized but not present for the event. Cross Country Girls Most improved – Charley Rose; Raider Award…

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Phillips drafted by Ravens

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor The Grenada NFL tree added fruit Friday night. Former GHS, East Mississippi CC and Miss. State standout Tyre Phillips got the call that will change his life. Phillips, who didn’t play football until his senior season in high school, will take his talents to the National Football League. The Baltimore…

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Kirk replaces Chandler with Pillow Assistant

By CHUCK HATHCOCK Sports Editor The GrenadaStar has learned that Kirk Academy has informed Head Football Coach Ken Chandler will not be retained for the 2020-2021 school year. Chandler was an assistant coach for a year at Kirk before taking over as head coach two years ago. In two seasons, the Raiders were 5-15. In…

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